Our Story

My name is Paul Desaulniers and I am the founder of Smooth Bites.  I am 27 and have Muscular Dystrophy.  I have trouble swallowing, also known as dysphagia.  My story begins years ago.  In the beginning I required all of my meat be cooked very tender, using the leanest cuts available.  This worked for a while, but then I found myself coughing the odd time with the feeling of something stuck in my throat.  Eventually I had a hard time swallowing liquids.  In March 2014 I ended up in hospital with aspiration pneumonia.  After a 6-week stay I was now on a pureed diet with thickened liquids.  The change seemed daunting.  I found there to be minimal consumer-friendly resources readily available.  At first there were some challenges, but as time went on I continued to learn.  I decided that food, despite being in a different form now, could still be flavourful, if not more!  I created Smooth Bites to be the resource that I would want if I was starting this journey again.  Read about Smooth Bites’ Mission here.